ראם

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cognate with Akkadian rimu, Ugaritic r'um, Arabic ريم (riim, addax), رئم (ri’m, addax).

Noun[edit]

רְאֵם (r'emm (plural indefinite form רְאֵמִים, singular construct form רְאֵם־, plural construct form רְאֵמֵי־)

  1. An Arabian oryx: a member of species Oryx leucoryx.
    • Wikipedia-logo.png ראם לבן on the Hebrew Wikipedia.he.Wikipedia:ראם לבן
    • Numbers 23:22:
      אֵל מוֹצִיאָם מִמִּצְרָיִם כְּתוֹעֲפֹת רְאֵם לוֹ׃
      el motsi'ám mimitsráyim k'to'afót r'ém lo.
      God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.[1]
    • Psalms 22:21:
      הוֹשִׁיעֵנִי מִפִּי אַרְיֵה וּמִקַּרְנֵי רֵמִים עֲנִיתָנִי׃
      hoshi'éini mipí aryé umikarnéi remím anitáni.
      Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.[1]
    • Psalms 92:10:
      וַתָּרֶם כִּרְאֵים קַרְנִי בַּלֹּתִי בְּשֶׁמֶן רַעֲנָן׃
      vatárem kir'ém karní balotí b'shémen ra'anán.
      But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.[1]
    • Job 39:10:
      הֲ‍תִקְשָׁר־רֵים בְּתֶלֶם עֲבֹתוֹ אִם־יְשַׂדֵּד עֲמָקִים אַחֲרֶיךָ׃
      hatikshór-rem b'télem avotó im-y'sadéd akharékha.
      Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?[1]
  2. (more generally) An oryx: any member of genus Oryx.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The word's appearances in the Bible have been interpreted variously as representing an oryx, an aurochs (wild ox), or a mythical creature. (That last interpretation may be seen in the King James translations given above.) The above definitions are in accord with The New Dictionary (see references below) and with Modern usage.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 (1611) Authorized King James translation.